Unbounded successive-cyclic rightward DP-movement

Jason Overfelt

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Larson (1989) noted that rightward movement of a DP past a clausal adjunct can necessitate a parasitic gap inside that clausal adjunct. This paper argues that rightward DP-movement beyond certain adjunct clauses is movement beyond typical Heavy-NP Shift that is licensed by the need to bind the parasitic gap. I show that this correctly predicts a number of observations concerning the exceptional nature of the rightward movement involved. In particular, parasitic gaps are able to license rightward movement that is potentially unbounded and successive-cyclic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work owes an immense intellectual debt to the research that appears in Nissenbaum (2000) . The present article has benefited greatly from discussion with Kyle Johnson, Rajesh Bhatt, and Brian Dillon as well as the many helpful comments and criticisms of the anonymous reviewers for Lingua. Additional helpful discussion has come from Klaus Abels, Hamida Demirdache, Tom Ernst, Jeremy Hartman, Gereon Müller, Eric Potsdam, Tom Roeper, Peggy Speas, the participants of the 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium, the Fall 2010 Syntax Seminar at UMass Amherst, and the Syntax Reading Group at UMass Amherst. Any errors or misrepresentations of the ideas of others are solely my responsibility. Parts of this research were funded by a dissertation improvement grant from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.

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  • Non-feature-driven movement
  • Parasitic gaps
  • Rightward movement
  • Successive-cyclic movement
  • Unbounded movement


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